Catholic Charities: An example for us all?
By Bill Coe
It is my opinion that D.C.'s Catholic Charities does in fact show some sense when it denies job benefits to all employees’ spouses in order not to provide them for any gay spouses. While I deplore the bias that led it to this action, Catholic Charities must be recognized for applying the results equally to all. Its example is instructive.
For many of us, arguments over gay marriage don’t rest on the nature of the institution itself — the “sanctity” of marriage or any of its other fine qualities — but rather on the fact that our laws confer civil rights and benefits to married people, which should be available (or not) to everyone.
If opponents of same-sex marriage want to be taken seriously, they should emulate Catholic Charities and work toward denying these rights to all married people, not just the gay ones. This would remove the issue from the public square and, it seems to me, is the only Christian way to practice bigotry.
| March 18, 2010; 10:29 AM ET
Categories: D.C., HotTopic, same-sex marriage
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